The Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp has congratulated Tatura Primary School for reducing its environmental impact through the Victorian Government’s ResourceSmart Schools program.
Over the past three years participating schools have saved an estimated $12 million through energy, waste and water savings. ResourceSmart Schools currently reaches more than 600 schools who have an estimated student population of over 200,000.
Schools participating in the program are awarded up to five stars for completing modules in relation to water, waste, energy, biodiversity and are provided with free assistance from sustainability experts.
The school has saved around $1,977 through being involved in the ResourceSmart School program.
Mr Gepp is encouraging other schools in the region to sign up for the ResourceSmart Schools program if they haven’t already.
ResourceSmart Schools is a free Victorian Government program available to all Victorian schools. It assists schools to embed sustainability in everything they do, linking sustainability to school operations, the school’s curriculum and engaging with the school community.
The Victorian Government delivered $4.4 million in 2017/18 Budget to expand the ResourceSmart Schools program.
The program, managed by Sustainability Victoria has recently been refreshed making a great program even better.
The program refresh includes streamlined processes and improved accreditation requirements, as well as upgrades to the ResourceSmart Schools website; leaving more time for schools to make sustainable changes for the future.
Find out more in the schools section on the Sustainability Victoria website (sustainability.vic.gov.au/School).
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria:
“This certification recognises the great work of the dedicated teachers and staff at Tatura Primary School.”
“The program gives kids a fantastic, hands on understanding of sustainability and the environment.”